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Bruises on a Backdrop


Columns gathered

dappled darkening

bruises on a backdrop

daring her to play in their current

random playground

and horses

go charging

☂ ☂ ☂

Advancing closer

currents sprawling

can she stand

the coming storm?

But instead of fleeing homeward

she faces boldly forward

and mounts

the wilding winter steed

☂ ☂ ☂

lifted up

excitement racing

electrified and radiating

being pulsing ions rising there’ s no stopping she is writhing

vortex forming heart starts throbbing

body’s aching back is arching and

she comes

☂ ☂ ☂

Smashing to the ground

she runs home

safe and grounded

in her flat flannel world

then a spark


a few small ions

unexpended from the storm.


☂by colleen hannah

That little stormy, electric side of me is still in here. I hope.  Just have to catch a cloudburst at the right time.

One response »

  1. There are parts of this I like. The metaphor of the storm for sexual excitement is compelling. I’m a big believer in making the language do the work and not resorting to odd or unusual line breaks to emphasize a tension that already exists.


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